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Label: Old Homestead Records - OHM 80005 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album • Country: US • Genre: Folk, World, & Country • Style: Bluegrass
Guitar " and " The Country Gentleman ", was an American musician, occasional vocalist, songwriter, and record producer who, along with Owen BradleyBob Ferguson and others, created the country music style that came to be known as the Nashville soundwhich expanded country music's appeal to adult pop music fans.
He was primarily known as a guitarist. He also played the mandolin, fiddle, banjo, and ukulele. Atkins's signature picking style was inspired by Merle Travis. Rolling Stone credited Atkins with inventing the "popwise 'Nashville sound' that rescued country music from a commercial slump," and ranked him number 21 on their list of "The Greatest Guitarists Of All Time.
His parents divorced when he was six years old, after which he was raised by his mother. He was the youngest of three boys and a girl. He started out on the ukulelelater moving on to the fiddlebut made a swap with his brother, Lowell, when he was nine: an old pistol and some chores for a guitar.
Because of his illness, Snowbird - Various - The Stringbean Memorial Bluegrass Festival was forced to sleep in a straight-back chair to breathe comfortably. On those nights, he played his guitar until he fell asleep holding it, a habit that lasted his whole life. He returned in the s to play a series of charity concerts to save the Snowbird - Various - The Stringbean Memorial Bluegrass Festival from demolition. Atkins became an accomplished guitarist while he was in high school.
She then declared no more CGPs would be allowed by the Atkins estate. Atkins did not have a strong style of his own untilwhen while still living in Georgia he heard Merle Travis picking over WLW radio. Chet Atkins was an amateur radio general class licensee. After dropping out of high school inAtkins landed a job at WNOX-AM radio in Knoxvillewhere he played fiddle and guitar with the singer Bill Carlisle and the comic Archie Campbell and became a member of the station's Dixieland Swingsters, a small swing instrumental combo.
After six months, he moved to Raleigh and worked with Johnnie and Jack before heading for Richmond, Virginiawhere he performed with Sunshine Sue Workman. Atkins's shy personality The Fixer - Pearl Jam - Backspacer against him, as did the fact that his sophisticated style led many to doubt he was truly "country".
He was fired often, but was soon able to land another job at another radio station on account of his unique playing ability.
Leona Atkins outlived The Power Of Thy Sword - Manowar - Best Of Manowar - The Hell Of Steel husband by eight years, dying in at the age of He also recorded a single for Nashville-based Bullet Records that year.
That single, "Guitar Blues", was fairly progressive, including a clarinet solo by the Nashville dance band musician Dutch McMillan, with Owen Bradley on piano. Despite the support of executive Si Simanhowever, he soon was fired for not sounding "country enough". Siman had been encouraging Steve Sholes Fingerkigger - Under Al Kritik - Under Al Kritik sign Atkins, as his style with the success of Merle Travis as a hit recording artist was suddenly in vogue.
Their work soon attracted attention from the Grand Ole Opry. The group relocated to Nashville in the mids. While he had not yet had a hit record for RCA Victor, his stature was growing. Atkins's first hit single was " Mr.
Sandman ", followed by "Silver Bell", which he recorded as a duet with Hank Snow. His albums also became more popular. In addition to recording, Atkins was a design consultant for Gretschwhich manufactured a popular Chet Atkins line of electric guitars from — He became manager of RCA Victor's Nashville studios, eventually inspiring and seeing the completion of the legendary RCA Studio Bthe first studio built specifically for the purpose of recording on the now-famous Music Row.
With country music record sales declining as rock and roll became more popular, Atkins and Bob Ferguson took their cue from Owen Bradley and eliminated fiddles and steel guitar as a means of making country singers appeal to pop fans. This became known as the Nashville soundwhich Atkins said was a label created by the media for a style of recording during that period intended to keep country and their jobs viable. He and Bradley had essentially put the producer in the driver's seat, guiding an artist's choice of material and the musical background.
Atkins made his own records, which usually visited pop standards and jazzin a sophisticated home studio, often recording the rhythm tracks at RCA and adding his solo parts at home, refining the tracks until the results satisfied him.
In this period, he became known internationally as "Mister Guitar", inspiring an album, Mister Guitarengineered by both Bob Ferris and Bill PorterFerris's replacement. At the end of MarchPorter took over as chief engineer at RCA's Nashville studio, in the space eventually known as Studio B after the facility expanded with a second studio in At the time, RCA's sole Always - Vanessa Bell Armstrong - Vanessa Bell Armstrong studio had no letter designation.
Porter soon helped Atkins get a better reverberation sound from the studio's German effects device, an EMT plate reverb. With his golden earPorter found the studio's acoustics to be problematic, and he devised a set of acoustic baffles to hang from the ceiling, then selected positions for microphones based on resonant room modes. The sound of the recordings improved significantly, and the studio achieved a string of successes.
The Nashville sound became more dynamic. Instead, he would say something like, "we got a little tuning problem Everybody check and see what's going on. Atkins's trademark "Atkins style" of playing uses the Night Fever - Various - Saturday Night Fever (The Original Movie Sound Track) and first two or sometimes three fingers of the right hand.
He developed this style from listening to Merle Travis,  occasionally on a primitive radio. He was sure no one could play that articulately with just the thumb and index finger which was exactly how Travis playedand he assumed it required the thumb and two fingers—and that was the style he pioneered and mastered. He enjoyed jamming with fellow studio musicians, and they were asked to perform at the Newport Jazz Festival in That performance was cancelled because of rioting, but a live recording of the group After the Riot at Newport was released.
Atkins performed by invitation at the White House for every U. President from John F. Kennedy through to George H. Atkins was a member of the Million Dollar Band during the s.
He is also well known for his song "Yankee Doodle Dixie", in which he played " Yankee Doodle " and " Dixie " simultaneously, on the same guitar. Inhe told Nine-O-One Network magazine that he was "ashamed" of his promotion: "I wanted to be known as a guitarist and I know, too, that they give you titles like that in lieu of money. So beware when they want to make you vice president. Atkins's biggest hit single came inwith "Yakety Axe", an adaptation of " Yakety Sax ", by his friend, the saxophonist Boots Randolph.
He rarely performed in those days Snowbird - Various - The Stringbean Memorial Bluegrass Festival eventually hired other RCA producers, such as Bob Ferguson and Felton Jarvisto lessen his workload. In the s, Atkins became increasingly stressed by his executive duties. He recorded extensively with close friend and fellow picker Jerry Reed, who had become a hit artist in his own right.
A diagnosis of colon cancerhowever, led Atkins to redefine his role at RCA, to allow others to handle administration while he went back to his first love, the Love Lives On (Theme From Big Foot And The Hendersons) - Joe Cocker - Love Lives On, often recording with Reed or even Jethro Burns from Homer and Jethro his brother-in-law after Homer died in Atkins did little production The Way - Chief_MC* - Euro Trance Vol.
4 at RCA after stepping down and in fact, had hired producers at the label in the s, among them Bob Ferguson and Movement # 1 - Colin Towns - Full Circle Jarvis.
As a recording artist, Atkins grew disillusioned with RCA in the late s. He felt stifled because the record company would not let him branch into jazz. He had also produced late 60's jazz recordings by Canadian guitarist Lenny Breaua friend and protege.
At the same time, he grew dissatisfied with the direction Gretsch no longer family-owned was going and withdrew his authorization for them to use his name and began designing guitars with Gibson. Atkins ended his year association with RCA in and signed with Columbia Recordsfor whom he produced a debut Snowbird - Various - The Stringbean Memorial Bluegrass Festival in Jazz had always been a strong love of his, and often in his career he was criticized by "pure" country musicians for his jazz influences.
He also said on many occasions that he did not like being called a "country guitarist," insisting that he was "a guitarist, period. When Roger C. Fielda Trumpet Voluntary - John Mann - In Concert, suggested to him in that he record and perform with a female singer, he did so with Suzy Bogguss.
He returned to his country roots for albums he recorded with Mark Knopfler and Jerry Reed. Atkins also collaborated with Australian guitar legend Tommy Emmanuel. On being asked to name the ten most influential guitarists of the twentieth century, he named Django Reinhardt to the first position, and also placed himself on the list.
In later years, he even went back to radio, appearing on Garrison Keillor 's Prairie Home Companion radio program, on American Public Media radio, even picking up a fiddle from time to Sam Ock - Simple Steps,  and performing songs such as Bob Wills 's " Corrina, Corrina " and Willie Nelson 's " Seven Spanish Angels " with Nelson on a broadcast of the show at the Bridges Auditorium on the campus of Pomona College.
Atkins received numerous awards, including 14 Grammy awards and nine Country Music Association Snowbird - Various - The Stringbean Memorial Bluegrass Festival for Instrumentalist of the Year. Billboard magazine awarded him its Century Award, its "highest honor for distinguished creative achievement," in December Atkins is notable for his broad influence.
His love for numerous styles of music can be traced from his early recording of the stride pianist James P.
Johnson 's "Johnson Rag", all the way to the rock stylings of Eric Johnsonan invited guest on Atkins's Snowbird - Various - The Stringbean Memorial Bluegrass Festival sessions, who, when Atkins attempted Snowbird - Various - The Stringbean Memorial Bluegrass Festival copy his influential rocker " Cliffs of Dover ", led to Atkins's creation of a unique arrangement of "Londonderry Air Danny Boy ".
The classical guitar selections included on almost all his albums were, for many Snowbird - Various - The Stringbean Memorial Bluegrass Festival artists working in the field today, the first classical guitar they ever heard. He recorded smooth jazz guitar still played on American airwaves today. Atkins continued performing in the s, but his health declined after he was diagnosed again with colon cancer in He died on June 30,O Meu Amor Viu Tempestades - A Presença Das Formigas - Ciclorama his home in Nashville, Tennessee, at the age of Atkins also inspired Drexl Jonez and Tommy Emmanuel.
At the end of the song, Black and Atkins had a brief conversation. The opening guitar licks to the Miranda Lambert song " Only Prettier " sound Snowbird - Various - The Stringbean Memorial Bluegrass Festival similar to Atkins's guitar-picking style.
The song was written by the Nashville songwriter Cy Cobena friend of Atkins's. The single reached number 38 on the country charts. One song from that record, "Producer's Medley", featured Wariner's recreation of several famous songs that Atkins both produced and performed. Country Music Association. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
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